To See or Not To See

Amelia Pedlow’s father has been teaching high-school English for decades — which means he’s been teaching Hamlet for quite some time now. “He would drag me to every production of Hamlet that would happen anywhere, anytime, to see if it would be worth it to take his class,” she laughs. “So I grew up with this play, and I have a great love and respect for it.”

Pedlow (who’s been cast in the role of Ophelia in a new version from the Denver Center Theatre Company) notes that she’s invited her father, which is a huge mark of approval. “This production is going to focus on why this story has become so fascinating and beloved — why our English-speaking culture has become obsessed with this story,” she explains. “It’s a very exciting, interesting, funny, aggressive, dangerous story — and sometimes it can get bogged down in thought and academia. But this production moves at the speed of light. The immediacy and action will be very present — nothing boring or slow, nothing too intellectual that will make you feel distance from the story. No complications; no setting on Mars; no weird choices.”

Hamlet opens tonight at the Stage Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, and runs through February 23; tickets, $36 to $46, can be purchased at 303-893-4100 or
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 1:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.; Feb. 7-8, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 24. Continues through Feb. 23, 2014